By Jeremy Sollars
Communities across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt joined together today for a joint ‘Prayer For Rain’ event, Sunday 15 September.
Ministers from the region’s churches led prayers on behalf of their communities, not just for rain but also to give thanks to the emergency services personnel who have fought bushfires in recent days.
In Warwick’s Leslie Park prayers were led by Senior Pastor Darren Muller of the Warwick Baptist Church, who spoke of the need for the community to draw together and offer particular support for the region’s primary producers, and to bear in mind the mental health burden the drought is placing not just on farming families but on the many businesses in our towns which rely on the agricultural industry.
Venues for ‘Prayer For Rain’ also included the Allora Community Hall, the Stanthorpe Civic Centre, Emu Vale Memorial Hall, Freestone Memorial Hall, Wallangarra Community Hall, Canning Park at Killarney and Pratten Public Hall.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie last week said the events were a way for residents to come together and remember that they are not alone during this drought.
“It is important for all of us to remember that we are part of a community that cares deeply for all of its members,” Cr Dobie said.
“The strength and endurance of this community, coupled with the deep well of compassion residents have for one another, are the building blocks that have kept the Southern Downs moving forward throughout this drought.”